The San Antonio Spurs changed their path by drafting Victor Wembanyama. The 7’3 big man is a historic prospect with all-time great potential. San Antonio decided to focus on development over wins. They stockpiled assets over splurging in free agency and have plenty of on-court work to do.
The Spurs could have three first-round picks in the 2024 draft. They will likely be back in the lottery with their selection. San Antonio received the Raptors first-round pick with a top-six protection in the Jakob Poeltl trade and got the Hornets first from the Hawks, which is lottery protected, for Dejounte Murray. In the best case, the Spurs have two top-ten picks and number 15 from Charlotte.
San Antonio hopes to add at least one more core piece in this draft before trying to contend. They will be heavily scouting all the top prospects, but who should get first looks from the Spurs front office? There is no Wembanyama in this class, but it features plenty of talent.
Prospects San Antonio Spurs should already be eyeing in 2024 NBA Draft
5. Stephon Castle
The Spurs need a point guard and offensive engine to add to their young core. They have options at every other position. Tre Jones is best suited as backup, and the franchise should be searching for their lead ball-handler of the present and future.
Castle is one of the most interesting players in this class. He is already 6’6 with the size and strength to compete in the NBA. The 18-year-old is a freshman for the defending national champion UConn Huskies and will get chances to be their lead ball-handler. His jumper and defense need work, but Castle could go from consensus lottery selection to top-five pick with a standout season.
The 6’6 guard has versatility on both ends of the floor. He will be looking to improve his shooting mechanics and take that next step. At worst, he is a secondary creator who can get to the rim and finish well inside. That sounds interesting on a team with a 7’3 big man who can space the floor and clean up everything defensively.